Docent Michael Murray, middle, leads a "Behind the Velvet Ropes"… (Francine Orr / Los Angeles…)
Imagine wandering around the Gamble House, flashlight in hand, shining a bright beam on the carvings in the living room friezes and peering into closets and bathrooms.
These are not the sorts of liberties you generally get to take on a tour of the famed Arts and Crafts home in Pasadena.
Once a month though, rules are relaxed a bit for the "Behind the Velvet Ropes" tour, a 2 1/2-hour intimate look at the National Historic Landmark.
Each visitor gets a flashlight. The docent dons a pair of white cotton gloves. And even though the everyday rule is no touching anything by anyone -- even the guides -- he opens doors and drawers as he takes you through room after room.
For my latest City Beat, I go poking around in the Gamble House. Get the whole story here.
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